Were any of you like me this Spring? Were you a lady like me who was full of the hope and wonder that I KNEW summer break would bring me? I could almost taste the days full of sun, freedom, and spontaneous adventures with my family–the promise of them kept my weary heart aloft during the drudgery of the last month of school. Yet can y’all guess where I find myself now that my long-awaited summer days are here? DROWNING. That’s where.
Anyhoo, while I was sitting and waiting for yet another swim lesson to be over, I was cramming my bible study in on the sidelines whilst trying to improve my attitude. As I half-heartedly read some Psalms, I felt the Lord cause a verse leap off the page and into my weary spirit:
Blessed is the manPsalm 1:1-3
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
3 He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
Not gonna lie friends, my first thought was, “really God, a tree?”, but when I curbed my attitude I saw what He was calling me to be during this too busy summer season: firm and steady in Him, in the roles I fill, and in my attitude towards life.
Sometimes I think God calls us (and is calling me currently) to just put on our big girl panties and be the tree with the deep roots when everything around us is crashing into us attempting to topple our resolve.
In our lives as women there are times for rest, times for grief, and times for reflection…but there are also times where our circumstances aren’t going to subside and we are faced with two options: back down and wither or stand firm and bear fruit. Deeper still to ponder, sometimes the eyes of those with bigger struggles than our current ones are watching us expectantly and praying we can share the shade of our branches and lend them some of our fruit.
Listen, ladies, I am NOT saying to just never be vulnerable or honest with yourself or your people. Sometimes too much IS too much and you yourself need a shoulder or tree to lean on and an ax to wack away the excess stuff over-crowing your life.
What I AM saying is this: in the midst of a chaotic season be the one to stand firm in your faith and make the choice to face the world with an attitude of grace and the love of Christ (instead of the snarky, pessimistic one that is
Be “the tree” to your family, your little people, and your big people. Show them that when life is too much for you that you don’t wither. Open the word, ask for forgiveness, give grace, and be Christ. (And maybe still binge eat the secret snacks.)